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2022 Minnesota Fringe Festival COVID-19 Guidelines

Fringe core values are at the heart of the culture and beliefs of the organization and guide its conduct in a variety of settings as its moral compass. 

  • Organizational integrity is the engine behind getting things done. Fringe promises to follow through on its commitments, support positive accountability, and create a respectful environment to ensure all voices are heard.
  • Fringe seeks and supports collaboration with and within the creative community as a means of strengthening its skill base, engagement and sense of artistic freedom.
  • The expression of joy, optimism and gratitude through words, thoughts and actions ensures participants in Fringe programs feel supported to be passionate about their work, have fun in the process and connect with one another.

To ensure Minnesota Fringe has a successful and safe event, we have outlined the following guidelines for COVID safe behavior and expectations leading up to and during the 2022 Festival:


  • Every festival participant, including artists, staff, volunteers, and patrons, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19****.


  • Minnesota Fringe will have masks available for all artists, staff, and volunteers to use throughout the festival if desired.
  • If the CDC community level reporting* is ranked as high, all participants will be required to wear masks when inside the theaters.

Exposure / Contraction:

  • Participants who have been directly exposed (close contact with someone who is less than 6 feet away from an infected person for an accumulative total of 15 minutes or more) who has tested positive for COVID-19, but have no symptoms should get tested 5 days from last exposure. 
  • Participants who test positive for or have symptoms of COVID-19 will agree to isolate for at least 5 full days, get tested on day 5, and only end isolation when the test results are negative – OR – after day 10 AND you have no fever for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medication.
  • Participants who have met the aforementioned exposure / contraction criteria should wear a mask around others for 10 days.

Participants should not attend the Minnesota Fringe Festival if any of the following are true:

  • Participant is not vaccinated
  • Participant has any symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, or other known COVID symptoms
  • Participant has had a positive COVID test within the last 10 days 
  • Participant has had direct contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 5 days.

Minnesota Fringe asks that individuals be honest with themselves and members of our community to preserve the physical health and wellbeing of all who participate in the 2022 Minnesota Fringe Festival and to help us achieve our vision to foster a celebration of the performing arts so that Artists are supported in the development of their craft; audiences expand their appreciation for and notions of art; and the community actively supports the theater. We encourage attendees who feel strongly about taking additional precautions in order to feel comfortable participating, to do so and know they are supported and an integral part of our community.

Steps for contraction or exposure to COVID-19 are based on CDC website recommendations**. To calculate isolation, Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days:


  1. Please do not attend the Fringe Festival until you have taken all the steps to know you are COVID-19 negative (see Exposure / Contraction above).


  1. Notify the producer of your show. 
  2. If an artist has contracted COVID, other cast members who have performed with the artist should follow the steps listed above for Exposure.
  3. The producer will notify Fringe’s Artist Liaison via email and include Show Number, Exposure / Contraction Status, Day 0 date, and Performance cancellation (if any).
  4. If performances must be canceled, Fringe will refund all pre-sale tickets to patrons with an explanation and remove those performances from your schedule.
  5. Performances cannot be rescheduled. Producer fees will not be refunded.


  1. Notify your immediate supervisor of your Exposure / Contraction status, date / time / location of last shift, and Day 0 date. 
  2. If the staff member has recently worked and has contracted COVID-19, Fringe will notify co-workers of exposure.
  3. All exposed staff should follow the steps above for Exposure / Contraction. 
  4. Fringe will make every effort to cover and/or reschedule seasonal staff shifts. Missed or additional shifts will be deducted or paid out at a prorated rate based on contracted salary amount.


  1. Notify the Festival Volunteer Manager of your Exposure / Contraction status, date / time / location of last shift, and Day 0 date. 
  2. If the volunteer has recently worked and has contracted COVID-19, Fringe will notify staff and co-volunteers of exposure.
  3. All who have been exposed should follow the steps above for Exposure / Contraction.
  4. Fringe will make every effort to cover and/or reschedule missed volunteer shifts.

These guidelines can be revisited and revised at any point, and act as an ongoing conversation and commitment to each other. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is a public event that welcomes tens-of-thousands of people inside theater spaces. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. While our intent is to do what is best for our organization and participants in our events, adherence to these guidelines do not eliminate the risk of contracting COVID-19***.  If there are any concerns you’d like to voice at any point, please reach out to us at

 The CDC looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days — to determine the COVID-19 community level. New COVID-19 admissions and the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied represent the current potential for strain on the health system. Data on new cases acts as an early warning indicator of potential increases in health system strain in the event of a COVID-19 surge. -

** The steps listed are based on exposure to COVID-19 for individuals up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.

*** COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. You assume all risks, hazards, and dangers arising from or relating in any way to the risk of contracting a communicable disease or illness—including, without limitation, exposure to COVID-19 or any other bacteria, virus, or other pathogen capable of causing a communicable disease or illness, whether that exposure occurs before, during, or after the event, and regardless of how caused or contracted—and all participants hereby waive any and all claims and potential claims against Minnesota Fringe.

****Minnesota Fringe’s COVID Guidelines are not binding at the University of Minnesota.  Please refer to individual venue pages for updates in the More Information section.
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